My Austria-set 1800s story has undergone a dramatic change this weekend. Could be the 2 inches of snow, but the entire concept is revised. No longer is it a story of a lost man trying to find his past life through the ghost of his lost love. It's not the story of a man trying to avenge his past - no reincarnation required.
This change had nothing to do with the story itself. I loved that story, but it wasn't working. It didn't work not because of the plot or the heroine/hero, but because of the secondary characters. They were too funny and fluffy for the dark angst I'd originally planned for this story. The sidekick alone had the best lines (all said in very period-appropriate Austrian slang). And he delivered them much the as the sidekick from National Treasure, Riley.
No wonder I had such trouble moving this story along, dark and fluff don't mix well, and despite my love for dark angst, this wasn't the story for it.